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HLN’s Ryan Smith Joins ABC News as Correspondent, Legal Analyst

ryan smith hlnHLN anchor Ryan Smith is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent and legal analyst. In his new role, which begins early next year, Smith will also provide legal analysis on ESPN’s programs and platforms.

“Ryan’s ability to cover a wide range of topics from the courtroom to the classroom has forged strong connections with viewers. I’m delighted he’ll now bring his many talents to ABC News and ESPN,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC staffers this morning.

Smith was most recently the anchor of HLN’s “Evening Express,” which was canceled last month. During his time at HLN, he also worked on “Morning Express” and as a host for InSession on truTV. He is a graduate of Columbia law school who previously worked as an entertainment and sports lawyer.

Smith will appear on all ABC News platforms beginning January 2. Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump.

I’m pleased to announce that Ryan Smith is joining ABC News.

Starting in January Ryan will serve as a New York-based correspondent and provide legal analysis, complementing the outstanding work of our Chief Legal Affairs and Nightline Anchor Dan Abrams. Ryan will also offer legal analysis on ESPN across multiple programs and platforms.

An engaging storyteller, Ryan joins us from HLN where he anchored the nightly news program “Evening Express” and co-hosted HLN’s primetime show “HLN After Dark.” Prior to hosting “Evening Express” Ryan was part of the team on “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and hosted “In Session” on truTV.

Ryan reported on a wide range of stories for HLN, including the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Super Storm Sandy and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Plus he’s covered some of the most high-profile trials in recent memory, including those of Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray, George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias.

Ryan was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A in Political Science. After earning a law degree from Columbia University, Ryan worked as a lawyer for the NFL’S Jacksonville Jaguars and practiced corporate, sports and entertainment law for years at esteemed firms in New York.

Ryan is a longtime supporter of causes that promote children’s health, fitness and education. I’m also pleased to share that he and his wife are expecting twin boys next year.

Ryan’s ability to cover a wide range of topics from the courtroom to the classroom has forged strong connections with viewers. I’m delighted he’ll now bring his many talents to ABC News and ESPN.

Please join me in welcoming Ryan.

Ben

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